A new resettlement office is opening up in Poughkeepsie to help Syrian refugees integrate into the Hudson Valley after arriving in the United States.

Church World Service announced in a press release that they will be opening up a new location in Poughkeepsie. The global humanitarian organization is one of nine U.S. resettlement agencies and has already been working to resettle refugees in Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse.

Last year the Hudson Valley was touched by the story of a refugee from Syria that was living in Dutchess County. She arrived penniless with no family or friends to turn to, but found a home at Bard College as part of a program set up by Jim Ketterer, the Dean of International Studies.

According to CWS, the Poughkeepsie office will offer newly-arrived refugees a case manager that will assist in finding employment and give support for basic needs like access to health services, cultural orientation and job prep.

A public information session is scheduled to educate the public on what the office will be doing and how the community can help. For those who are interested in learning more about the program, the information session will take place on November 10 at the Adriance Memorial Library from 4:30 to 7pm.

Sarah Krause, who is the Senior Director for CWS, sent a message out the the Hudson Valley, saying.

We are eager to engage with a new community to support those most in need, and we very much look forward to working with all of you to welcome refugees in Dutchess County.

You can find out more about the new resettlement office and ways the community can assist the refugees being served by CWS on their website.